1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon Registration no. RRH 888 Chassis no. LML/824 Engine no. VB6J/300
A late model fitted with the 3.0-litre engine, this particular DB2/4 was used as a road car up to 1988 and then purchased by one Mike Bilson with the aim of entering it in the extremely fast and equally challenging 'Carrera Panamericana'. Run over 2,000 miles of public roads in Mexico, the Carrera requires a car possessing stamina and a degree of practicality as well as sheer speed, so the DB2/4, with its 2+2 seating, generous luggage area and convenient hatchback rear door, was considered an ideal candidate. The Aston's preparation was entrusted to the highly respected Jim Stokes Workshops of Waterlooville, Hampshire and the car was ready in time for the 1989 Carrera from which it retired on the final day with oil pump problems while lying 10th overall.
'RRH 888' competed in the Carrera Panamericana for the next five years, winning its class four times with a best overall finishing position of 7th in 1995, no mean achievement considering that much of the opposition consisted of American cars with engines double the size, or bigger, than the Aston's. It would appear that the car changed hands during this period, as the AMOC Vehicle Identity Form on file is in the name of one Carol Spagg, and the AMOC Register records Spagg/Levy as participating in the 1990 Carrera. During this period 'RRH 888' also competed on the 'Tour de France' retrospective (in 1992) finishing 8th overall; the Mexican 'Ruta Maya' rally (7th overall); an endurance race at the Circuit Paul Ricard in France and numerous AMOC race meetings.
Bodywork damage inflicted while on the Circuit of Ireland Rally in 1998 saw the car return to Jim Stokes where it was treated to a body restoration together with a detailed check-over, which included the installation of new dampers. At the same time it was decided to change the colour scheme from British Racing Green to white with distinctive 'Cunningham' blue stripes flanking the body centreline. The Aston then competed in two further races, for which it was prepared by then owner's mechanic.
The current owner purchased 'RRH 88' at auction in December 2004. At that time it was stated that the engine had been up-rated, producing a reputed 260bhp courtesy of upgrades including a Phoenix crankshaft and con-rods and triple Weber 45 carburettors. As one would expect of a car prepared specifically for long-distance rallying, the interior is equipped with a sturdy roll cage, Sparco competition seats and five-point safety harnesses, while also present is a modern fire extinguishing system, Terratrip meter and an intercom system. While in the vendor's hands the Aston has enjoyed a quieter life, its use being confined to competing in the Tour Britannia in 2007 and various 'fun runs'.
Offered with V5 registration document, current road fund licence, old-style logbook and FIA papers, this well proven Aston Martin DB2/4 is eligible for a wide variety of the most prestigious historic events including the Tour Auto, Mille Miglia and Liège-Rome-Liège.